5 Things Animals Have Taught Us About Eating Healthy
Animals have some interesting eating habits, many of which translate well to humans. In this day and age, overly processed foods are a staple. Consider eating a little bit more like an animal. You will reap some surprising health benefits. Even small changes can help to improve your diet and make it a little bit more natural.
1. Get Plenty of Fiber
Animals tend to eat the whole fruit or vegetable – including the skin. The skin of many common fruits and vegetables is loaded with fiber. Some examples are potatoes, apples, pears and plums. Next time you eat one of these foods, consider eating the skin as well as the soft, inner parts. Fiber can help to regulate your digestive system, keeping you happier and healthier overall.
2. Try Everything at Least Once
Many people are hesitant to try new foods, but dogs and other animals do not hesitate when presented with a new food. If a dog does not like a particular food, he will lick it and leave it alone or even spit it out entirely. Trying new foods can help you get even more essential vitamins and minerals as well as expand your horizons. Who knows, maybe you'll even find a new favorite food.
3. Always Wash Your Food before You Eat It
Japanese Macaques are an extremely intelligent species of monkeys. Studies have shown that these animals will wash their food in the ocean before consuming it. Using the salty ocean water to rinse vegetables has the added benefit of seasoning the food with salt, making it even more delicious.
4. Replacing Sugar and Sweeteners with Maple Syrup
While maple syrup has just as many calories as other sweeteners, it also contains trace minerals that can give you a boost of energy. But keep in mind that it has to be pure maple syrup for you to reap the benefits. Maple syrup substitutes are filled with just as many empty calories as pure cane sugar. Red squirrels and other animals bite holes in the side of Canadian Maple Trees in order to lick the hardened sap that leaks out – similar to humans drilling holes in order to collect the tasty sap and make into syrup. It is easy to replace sugar with maple syrup when you are baking or eating hot or cold cereals.
5. Eat Plenty of Fresh Fish
Bears and other animals are known for their fishing ability and their love of eating freshly caught fish. Fish such as salmon are some of the healthiest, most nutritious sources of protein. Try to include more fish in your diet and reap the nutritional benefits.
Adding a few of these habits to your diet can help improve your eating habits as well as your overall health.